Central Figure of the Acura Ignition System

By: Evander Klum

Many of today's automobile manufacturers have already eliminated distributors from the list of car components that they produce. Owners even detest distributors because of the propensity of such auto parts to deteriorate easily, causing serious problems in the engine systems. Acura, however, relies heavily on this part - which is perhaps the central figure of the ignition system.

Distributors are normally used in the ignition systems of virtually all older vehicles and in several recent ones. Vehicles with point-type ignition systems typically have distributors. Most modern vehicles utilize a distributor-less or electronic ignition system.

Acura's distributors have two main purposes. First, these parts distribute high voltage pulses to the engine's spark plugs in the right firing order. Second, they also trigger the high voltage pulses coming from the ignition coil. The first purpose is basically fulfilled by the and the Acura distributor cap. The Acura distributor rotor is a rotating arm, driven by the engine camshaft, which is connected to the ignition coil. The Acura distributor cap, meanwhile, is a device or covering that contains the contacts for the spark plugs. As the rotor rotates underneath the distributor cap, it distributes the high voltage pulses from the ignition coil to the individual spark plugs in the right firing order. The other function of an Acura distributor is handled by the breaker points, cam follower, distributor cam, and condenser-all of which are housed in the bottom half of the distributor. These components perform the job of breaking the current to the coil, resulting to the coil's release of high voltage pulses.

Acura distributors are mechanical components. Because of this, their various parts can easily succumb to wear and tear. The arching of voltage pulses from the rotor tip to the spark plug contacts causes the distributor cap and rotor to deteriorate early. Vehicle manufacturers avoid the use of distributors because of this 'inherent' problem. A damaged Acura distributor rotor or cap should be replaced immediately to avoid complications to the engine.

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